Candidates begin campaigns for November election
By David Michael Courtland
Several people have declared their intent to run for Oxnard public offices, ranging from mayor to City Council to city clerk.
Declaring intent to run with the city clerk’s office is only a tentative first step; candidates for office still must file final paperwork with the Ventura County Registrar’s Office from July 7 to July 18.
Incumbent Mayor Tim Flynn has indicated he will run for re-election, with at least one and possibly two people challenging him.
Los Angeles Metro bus driver Daniel Chavez Jr., who lives in South Oxnard with his wife, Maricela, is Flynn’s only rival to actually file paperwork so far.
Chavez’s Facebook campaign page notes the number of liquor stores lining Saviers Road and suggests it should be harder to get a permit from the city for more.
Meanwhile at a Del Sol Park rally on Saturday, former public information officer Miguel Lopez announced he will also be taking on Flynn.
In February, Lopez quit his job as Oxnard Police Department’s community affairs director to take a job at University of California, Santa Barbara. He hasn’t filed paperwork with the city clerk yet.
Also declaring their intent to run for re-election for their current offices are City Councilman Bryan MacDonald and City Clerk Daniel Martinez.
City Councilwoman Dorina Padilla’s seat will also be open, but she hasn’t declared intent to run for re-election yet.
The only other prospective City Council candidate is Haas Automotive comptroller Aaron Starr, who ran unsuccessfully for Council in 2014.
Earlier this year Starr launched a drive to repeal Oxnard’s recently passed sewer rate increase, and has gathered enough signatures to have a referendum placed on November’s ballot to decide the issue.
Martinez has one prospective opponent, Jose Torres, who ran against Martinez four years ago after interning in the city clerk’s office for six months.
In his 2012 campaign Torres cast himself as more progressive than Martinez, who has held the office since 1992.